Day 12 Wolves and the Arctic Circle


Wildlife Groupnot including domestics Number of species in Yukon
known as of September 2007
Amphibians (i.e. frogs and toads) 4
Fishes (not including salt water species) 36
Mammals (not including humans 66
Birds 227
Butterflies 92
Large Moths 286
Dragonflies 40
Spiders 300+
Insects total species 6,000+
Mosses 400+
Vascular Plants (i.e. not including mosses, liverworts, hornworts or algae) 1,242

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Day 12 From Engineer Creek CG to Rock River CG

 

The first part of the day took us through twisted hilly areas of old burned Boreal forest

(In Alaska we called it Taiga forest)

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miles muddy of road

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and into a world unto itself

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Our goal for the day:

From the beginning of the Arctic Circle to As Far As One Can Drive in Canada

 

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Not quite Tundra yet

 

Even here you’ll find evidence of men marking their territory

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As Nickel discovers Caribou remains (again)IMG_2860

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Note where TinTin is looking …..

 

Wolves discover us 

 

 

Heading North we hit more rain which meant more mud.  This mud was a slick and oily substance that stuck to the car and made the traveling treacherous.  IMG_2880 IMG_2883

For about 30 miles it was like driving on black ice and slush that forced us to slow down to 10-20 miles an hour.

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The driving was wearisome but once past it we had traveled over another pass and to drier terrain.   It was time for another break.

This hike took us out to the Tundra.  I am in love with hiking here.  It is abundant with plant life and if you take the time, bend down, and study you are welcomed into a miniature world of color and texture.

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By late afternoon we reached our goal of Rocky River Campground.  Apparently a routine has been established; we headed out to the river to have a look around.

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Like Engineer Creek, this one was bathed in iron deposits making the rocks red.

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IMG_2993Our campsite was a lovely grassy spot nestled in a grove of poplar and birch.  Of course there were a few mushrooms to be found

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Shaggy Manes… we’ll see more of these later!

 

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The only other people in here was a mother and son.  He was about 8 yrs old and told me that his goal was to find a caribou antler.  I told him is was one of mine too….

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